A world without The Beatles? No “Let It Be” or “Help”? The first time I heard The Beatles’ music, I was probably 6 or 7. Our neighbors were tweens and teens, and they’d outgrown their The Chipmunks Sing The Beatles record. Yep, my introduction to The Beatles was through a Chipmunks record. If you’ve yet to introduce your kids to The Beatles music, this is a much better option! Bring family and friends together with The Beatles’ music inspired film Yesterday, on Digital now and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand September 24, 2019. Keep reading for my Yesterday movie review!
Jack’s life is changed forever when he discovers he is the only person on earth who remembers the music of The Beatles and must decide if he truly wants the spotlight, or if all he needs is love, after all.
Yesterday is one of the year’s most-loved films and has an 89% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.
Jack Malik was just another struggling songwriter…but that was yesterday. After a mysterious blackout, Jack (Himesh Patel; BBC’s “EastEnders”) discovers he is the only person on earth who remembers The Beatles! As he rockets to fame by passing off the Fab Four’s songs as his own, Jack risks losing Ellie (Lily James; Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, Cinderella) – the one person who has loved him and believed in him from the start.
Kate McKinnon and Ed Sheeran also star in this romantic rock ‘n’ roll comedy from Academy Award®-winning director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting, 28 Days Later) and Academy Award®-nominated screenwriter Richard Curtis (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Love Actually).
Praise for Yesterday
“I believe in Yesterday, and you will too.” – Mike Reyes, Cinemablend
“Funny, original, and touching” (Patrick Stoner, “Flicks” WHYY-TV (PBS))
“re-experience the Beatles’ songs as if they’re brand-new” (Mara Reinstein, Billboard)
In celebration of Yesterday on Digital now, check out these new bonus features featuring the filmmakers and cast.
This clip, “A Talented Duo,” features director Danny Boyle. He talks about the joys of working on a romantic comedy with writer and producer Richard Curtis and shows them behind the scenes on the set of Yesterday.
In this clip from the bonus feature, “Soul Mates,” stars Lily James and Himesh Patel chat about the close friendship and romance between their characters Ellie and Jack in Yesterday.
Yesterday movie review
“Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away…” “Blackbird singing in the dead of night, take these broken wings and learn to fly…” “Oh yeah I’ll tel you something, I hope you understand…”
Did you sing those in your head? I’ll bet you did. But, what if The Beatles never got together or wrote these songs, and I just randomly started singing and playing them. You’d think I had mad skills, right? Well, that’s what happens to Jack. One day The Beatles exist. Then he gets hit by a bus during a world wide black out. The next day, no Beatles and no… I’m not going to tell you what else is missing. Watch it and find out for yourself!
What I will tell you is that Yesterday is adorable. It’s not an epic musical; it’s a romantic comedy. You can tell that Jack is really conflicted about passing these songs off as his own, but he takes it as a sign that he’s supposed to keep singing even though he hasn’t had much success. And you can tell that Ellie is really happy for Jack, but she can’t just drop everything in her life to keep being his manager.
The characters in Yesterday are so much fun. I love Jack’s mom and dad. The scene where Jack’s playing “Let It Be” for his parents the first time is possibly my favorite. The supporting characters add a lot to the film, and they’re often scene stealers.
As always, Lily James is a joy to watch, and Himish Patel is a seriously talented musician! Get your copy today!
Yesterday on Digital and Blu-ray bonus features
BONUS FEATURES ON 4K ULTRA HD, BLU-RAY™, DVD & DIGITAL
- Alternate Opening
- Alternate Ending
- Deleted Scenes
- Corden & Roxanne – Includes deleted performance by Himesh Patel of “Something”
- Late for School
- Nutters Italian Ice Cream
- Moscow Audience
- A Gonk
- W Hotel
- Jack Calls Ellie
- Hilary in the Mirror
- Nick and Carol
- Hazel’s Selfie
- Gag Reel
- Live at Abbey Road Studios – Watch Himesh Patel perform “Yesterday”, “I Want To Hold Your Hand”, and “Let it Be” at Abbey Road Studios.
- “I Want To Hold Your Hand”
- “Let it Be”
- Ed Sheeran: From Stadium to Screen – Acting in his first major role, Ed Sheeran reflects on his experiences making the movie.
- Agent of Comedy: Kate McKinnon – Kate McKinnon shares how eager she was to play the role of “Debra Hammer” while the cast and crew reflect on the fun and energy that the queen of improvisational comedy brought to the set.
- A Talented Duo – Richard Curtis and Danny Boyle, two of the most successful British filmmakers, team up for the first time.
- Playing for Real – The re-interpreting of the Beatles songs was a huge undertaking for newcomer Himesh Patel. Learn how he spent months learning to play the songs perfectly as the production decided to take the more challenging route of recording the musical numbers live on set.
- Soul Mates – Beyond the music and the laughs, the film is, of course, a love story. This piece looks at the relationship between Jack & Ellie and the actors playing them.
- A Conversation with Richard & Ed – Long-term friends Richard Curtis and Ed Sheeran have a funny and informal chat about the making of YESTERDAY.
- Feature Commentary with Director Danny Boyle and Writer/Producer Richard Curtis